What will SPO be?
An independent, transparent, and democratic organisation, set up as a co-operative, run by seed growers for the benefit of its members
A lean organisation where growers set the agenda each year, focusing on activities relevant to the seed industry, and delivering value for money
Full membership with voting rights will be open to all certified seed growers. Associate membership will be available to ware potato growers and supply chain businesses
What will SPO do?
Represent the views of seed potato grower members and present evidence to governments
Fund research, innovation, and technical services to benefit the seed potato sector
Support the development of seed potato markets
Ensure the economic and environmental sustainability of the seed potato sector
What will SPO membership cost?
It is proposed that each member will initially purchase redeemable shares (£1,000), which will be used as capital to establish the organisation
Members will then pay an annual fee based on their area of seed grown
It is anticipated the annual fee will be around £29 /ha in 2023, which is less than £1 /t at current prices.
Who can be an SPO member?
It is expected that seed growers will form the bulk of the membership
Ware growers, potato trade and supply chain companies will be welcome to join as Associate Members